Friday, October 12, 2012

Gay Parents Raising Kids: How Will They Fare? - By Peggy Drexler, Ph.D. – 5/29/12

          …Can kids raised in homosexual homes turn out (gasp) okay?
          The answer is yes—and resoundingly so…
          Throughout many years of working with families, I’ve studied the lives of gay parents raising sons and daughters. In general, gay parents tend to be more motivated, more committed, and more thoughtful parents than heterosexual couples. That’s because they usually have to work very hard, and plan very far in advance, to become parents, and so rarely do so by accident.
          The children, meanwhile, show few differences in achievement. They perform as well in school, at sports, and in extra-curriculars as peers with heterosexual parents. At the same time, they are more self-aware, more adept at communicating their feelings, and exhibit more empathy for people different from themselves. They learn early how to negotiate the outside environment, gauge other people’s motives, and assess how open they dare to be in specific situations. They are strong. In my work, I routinely saw how, with enough support from their families, children of gay parents developed skills at thinking independently and standing up for what they believed in. This distinguishes them from many children with straight parents…
Worth reading complete article:
Peggy Drexler, Ph.D., is a research psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, a former gender scholar at Stanford University, and the author of Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family and the bestseller Raising Boys Without Men. She has appeared on “Today,” “Good Morning America,” PBS programs both television and radio, as well as at conferences and lecture series across the country.

Gay Marriage and Conservatism not irreconcilable - 10/4/12 - most persuasive cogent arguments in favour of gay marriage are distinctly conservative – based on facts …Studies in psychiatry and neuropsychology have for decades demonstrated that an individual's sexual orientation is not a matter of choice…By Dustin Halse, Swinburne University, Australia

Gov. Brown signs - 1st Historic - Bill Banning GAY CONVERSION Therapy for LGBT Children in California – 9/30/12
…Brown said, "This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery."

Conservative Christians' War against Sexual Minorities – Charles Negy, Ph.D. – 10/11/12 - Lawsuits to Block – Ban of Gay Conversion Therapy
…two Christian organizations…asserted that not allowing therapists to alter the sexual orientation of minors violates freedom of speech and religious liberty.
…the best scientific evidence suggests fairly consistently that individuals' sexual and affective proclivities are not very malleable…
…not being permitted to traumatize minors by imposing your bigotry against gays and lesbians (in the form of junk therapy) is a violation of your free speech or religious liberty is pretty absurd. You are free to express your bigotry and relish in religious liberty in your places of worship. You are not free to cloak your bigotry against sexual minorities in the name of science and the profession of therapy…

American Psychological Association - calls for legalization of same-sex marriage – 8/4/11

APA - Resolution on Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples – August 2011

Psychology’s case for same-sex marriage - October 2010

Pope Benedict XVI on Gay Marriage, by John McNeill - 5/14/10
…Gay Marriage: God's Gift to Humanity… Gay marriage creates a new paradigm for marriage which will enormously strengthen the institution...

“The Church and the Homosexual” By John J. McNeill 1976
Priest & Psychotherapist, Silenced 1988 by Ratzinger-Benedict XVI

Hans Küng appealing to priests and churchgoers to confront Catholic hierarchy – is corrupt, lacking credibility and apathetic to the real concerns of the church's members | Benedict XVI – pomposity - “authoritarian system" with parallels to Germany's Nazi dictatorship | unconditional obedience of bishops - German generals…oath of allegiance to Hitler| crushing any form of clerical dissent - result a church of "yes men" – 10/5/12

Hans Küng “Open Letter to the Catholic Bishops” 4/4/10 – Church in worst credibility crisis since Reformation - Benedict XVI has made worse just about everything that is wrong with the Roman Catholic Church…

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